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My Fight to Be Fit: Linda Michaels

Linda is a producer and lives in Virginia Beach. Come back each Monday and Wednesday to follow her progress.


June 14, 2006

Ask the Experts

Today I’m off to my physician to have my thyroid checked. She had mentioned at my last appointment that if I had trouble losing weight, the medication I take for a low thyroid might need to be adjusted.

I think one of the things the Lord is trying to teach me in my quest for fitness is that He made us to need each other. We all have gifts and talents to offer others and life is best when we allow others to be used by God to help us.

There is a wonderful young man at the local YMCA that has been a tremendous help to me. I’m very impressed by this young man’s understanding of muscle groups and the proper way to exercise. He hopes to be a doctor some day and I think he’ll make an excellent one.

I was working on a machine that was causing me pain in my right knee. He worked with me for over half an hour until he got the settings exactly right. Now I can do that exercise with no pain.

I know not all YMCA’s are alike and I’m blessed to live near a particularly good one. It is geared to families and has the most positive atmosphere! I can always find help there when I’m not sure what to do next in my fitness program.

Last night I tried out the rowing machine after reading some advice online about mixing up cardio exercise to keep it interesting. Now I have three machines – the treadmill, the elliptical machine and the rowing machine to keep me from getting bored.

I’m sure you’re familiar with the saying, “It takes a village.” This refers to raising children, but I think it applies to weight loss as well.

I’ve started logging everything I eat and plan on taking that information to a nutritionist. I have a tendency to want to figure everything out for myself, but I think it’s time to stop trying to “re-invent the wheel” and simply ask the experts.

I hope your week is going well. Log on to tell us how you’re doing.


Previous blogs: How I got Roped into This, Dodging the Donuts, Why Losing Weight Takes Faith, When the Scales Won't Budge


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